The web pages I add to mix are those I find interesting, ironic, outrageous or entertaining in some way. I don't necessarily agree with their views.
Retailers collaborate to combat climate changeRetailers to tackle climate change ahead of Government target This commitment is unique in that it includes the supply chain The roadmap is supported by twenty retailers Climate change remains one of the biggest threats to our planet and society. Despite currently facing the ongoing challenges of coronavirus head on, retailers are making a bold pledge to fight climate change and build a better world for everyone. Twenty major retailers have today signed a declaration to develop a roadmap to tackle the causes of climate change. The declaration notes that retailers “are coming together through the BRC to develop a ground-breaking decarbonisation plan that will guide the industry on the steps necessary to accelerate progress to a Net Zero UK, ahead of the Government’s 2050 target.” Led by the BRC, the declaration commissions the creation of a roadmap that will provide retailers with the guidance and support necessary to decarbonise. Not only are they committed to cutting carbon emissions associated with their shops, distribution centres and logistics, but also, and most importantly, their supply chains and the products people are buying every day. The research will be conducted by environmental experts and published in the form of a roadmap, along with a wider industry commitment, in the run up to COP26. The work will build upon the Better Retail Better World campaign whereby retailers reduced their carbon emissions from operations by over one third since 2005. Peter Andrews, Head of Sustainability Policy at the British Retail Consortium, said: “Climate change remains one of the biggest threats to the planet. As we start to recover from the coronavirus pandemic there is no better opportunity to build a greener more sustainable world. The expectations of society are shifting rapidly. Greater action from businesses is expected. Retail will lead the way. “Retailers, suppliers and customers all have their part to play in reducing their carbon emissions. This roadmap will be the first step towards a better, more sustainable future. It will then be up to wider industry and Government to implement the recommendations it set out.” Notes: - BRC Climate Statement found here: https://brc.org.uk/media/675091/brc-climate-roadmap-statement.pdf - Signatories: ALDI; Amazon; Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Ltd; Boots UK; Central England Co-operative; Co-op; Costa Coffee; Dixons Carphone; Greggs plc; IKEA UK & Ireland; Kingfisher plc; Lidl GB; M&S; Missguided; Musgrave; Next; Ocado Retail Limited; TJX UK; WH Smith PLC; Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC1
HOMELESS ARTIST CARVES FOR COVID HARDSHIPA homeless artist is to auction a stunning 170cm carving of a narwhal tusk to raise money for a West Wight charity supporting vulnerable people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. David Wallace, whose work will be shown at the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition this autumn, spent 2 months carving the tusk from a fallen oak branch found at Fort Victoria Country Park, near Yarmouth. All proceeds from the auction will be split between the West Wight Coronavirus Support Hub and the Our Place Community Café, both of which are based at West Wight Sports & Community Centre. The team has assisted approximately 400 people suffering hardship as a result of the pandemic (including David), by supplying hot meals, collecting medicines, shopping, providing transport and even offering a friendly chat. Brading-based HRD Auction Rooms has generously provided its online auction platform commission-free for the sale, which is to take place on the 15th July 2020. David became a popular figure at Fort Victoria Country Park in 2018 when he spent the summer months carving a fallen tree on the beach with a myriad of real and mythical sea creatures, much to the delight of local children and holidaymakers. David’s work is grounded in the philosophy that nature is to be enjoyed by everyone, and the cycles of nature provide him with the raw materials to turn into objects that are also to be enjoyed by everyone. Tragically, the beautiful tree sculpture was stolen just as it was finished at the end of the summer, with all evidence at the scene suggesting that it had been chainsawed off at its roots and towed away by boat. In the summer of 2019 David carved another tree which is currently on display in front of the fort. It was this second beach sculpture which caught the eye of local Freshwater artist Becca Cameron, who immediately recognised that David’s work was good enough for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London. From photographs, the Academy selected a pair of crutches that David carved while teaching his craft at the Riverside Centre in Newport. This carving represents a significant moment in David’s life history. The crutches helped David out of the wheelchair that he had been using since suffering a serious motorcycle accident in his youth. Details of the auction can be found on HRD Auction Rooms’ website. The listing will appear online one week before the auction at www.the-salesroom.com, and bids can be placed via telephone, live at the auction, and online. Online bidders will need to register at the-salesroom.com.1
Oxford Expert Claims Their COVID-19 Vaccine Gives Off Long Term Immunity With Antibodies 3X Higher Than Recovered PatientsProfessor Sarah Gilbert, who leads Oxford University's trial for its coronavirus vaccine candidate, says their jab could provide long-term immunity, which could last for several years. Furthermore, she says it could even give off antibodies three times more than a person who recovered from COVID-19.1
A lack of neural plasticity in the hippocampus has been implicated in the development of depression. Ketamine is able to restore hippocampal plasticity in a rat model of depression, potentially illustrating a mechanism for the drug's anti-depressant effectsResultsSignificanceThis study's findings support the theory that ketamine may reverse the stress-induced loss of connectivity in key neural circuits by engaging synaptic plasticity processes to “reset the system”.Although ketamine’s ability to restore hippocampal- dependent function by modulating synaptic plasticity is a plausible mechanism for some of its therapeutic effects related to functions mediated by the dorsal hippocampus, it is highly unlikely that such localized effects can account for ketamine’s wide range of antidepressant effects.1
Greta Van Fleet - Lover, Leaver, Taker, Believer (Longest Version)Live at Fox Theatre in Detroit, December 30th, 2018. Thought I'd upload this because the other upload of this version on YouTube is cut at the end. Special thanks to Chris Passmore and Reamer for taping this show. I combined these two sources to make this as complete as possible! Bootleg: The Pit1